From competition to tension
Political parties confront each other over election results

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, Special Voting for Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Kirkuk Now

Kirkuk Now A jarring tension has emerged among various political parties following the announcement of preliminary results of the Iraqi parliamentary election, leading to an armed showdown in some cases. Apparent especially in the Kurdistan region and Kirkuk, the political parties accuse the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan [PUK] of orchestrating the elections and hacking into […]

More than 78% turnout in Special Voting throughout Iraq

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, Special Voting for Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Omer Jawad

Kirkuk Now The final turnout of the Special Voting process in Iraq passed 78%, while some eligible voters could not take part due to technical issues. Early on Thursday 10 May, the ballot boxes were open for hundreds of thousands of security and military officers along with prisoners, a process which continued until 06:00 PM […]

Kurdish intra-party struggle to win disputed areas

Kirkuk, 7 March 2010, a number of Kurdish voters celebrate after voting in Iraqi parliamentary elections, with waiving Kurdish flag in one of the streets of Kirkuk. Photo: Metrography Agency

Shorsh Khalid – Kirkuk Now In the disputed areas, Kurdish parties fear of losing a huge portion of their votes. The developments of 16 October 2017, the independence referendum, withdrawal of security forces, lack of administrative authority, and their internal chaotic condition, are major reasons which might well lower the votes of the powerful Kurdish […]

Kirkuk Now reveals voting card trade

Ali Hiyani – Anbar Trading with voting cards, especially in some areas of Anbar, has become a hot business for some dealers and political blocs, despite harsh punitive measures of Iraqi High Independent Electoral Commission [IHIEC] and Iraqi authorities against it. Kirkuk Now’s investigation reveals since the commencement of election campaign up to now, hundreds […]

Female candidate promise promoting peace to get vote in Kirkuk

Karawn Salihi-Kirkuk As a mean of electoral campaigns and reaching to the Iraqi parliament, female candidates in Kirkuk promise peace and coexistence to the people, and they think that the it is crucial to reestablish trust amongst the components of the city which they have historical background of coexistence. One third of the candidates in […]

Hundreds of thousands Feyli Kurds will have representative in the Iraqi Parliament

Narin Rostam-KirkukNow For the first time, Feyli Kurds will choose a representative for the Council of Representatives of Iraq through their votes, after a quota seat for this component was allocated. The parliament will have 329 seats for the next term which divided over the provinces and nine of them are quota seats according to […]

100 candidates compete on nine quota seats

Omer Sabir – Kirkuk Now More than 20 alliances and political blocs compete with 100 candidates for nine quota seats at the parliamentary elections of Iraq, set to be held on 12 May 2018. According to the Iraqi parliamentary election law, the upcoming parliament will consist of 329 seats, 320 of them already distributed over […]

Female Candidates Face Threats

Narin Rostam – Erbil A sex footage of Intisar Muhammad Jasim, a Victory Coalition [Nasr] candidate for Iraqi parliamentary election, has recently dominated the social media, which forced her to to withdraw from the Iraqi election, the first female candidate to do so. Intisar is a professor of administration and economics in the University of […]

“Some candidates already violate, what if they reach parliament?!”

KirkukNow Raouf Ahmed, a taxi driver, drives throughout Baghdad’s neighbourhoods on daily basis, due to his profession. He observes myridas of signboards and posters with photos of parliamentary candidates, hung over the apartments and crossroads of the city. As Raouf heard in the news, the election campaign is yet to commence, he asks then why […]

IDPs vote in four different methods

Firas Hamdani Internally displaced people [IDPs] in Iraq can participate in the upcoming election in four different methods, among them is conditional voting. IDPs, now more than two million in number, are classified into four different categories in this year’s parliamentary election of 12 May in Iraq; to take part in the process, some receive […]

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